First time smoking. Ham?

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Original poster
Jul 5, 2015
This is a bit more of a general question but here goes.  

Got a 40" Masterbuilt electric smoker for christmas.  Finally had the chance to season it this past weekend.  Would like to try smoking a ham because that's what my wife likes.  So, it will be my first time smoking as well as first time cooking a ham.  Would love some feedback any any of the following questions answered.

-What kind of ham?  Are there different types? 

-How many pounds for ~4 people?

-Roughly how long will it need to cook per pound?  I know temp is the ultimate decider but just want to get a general idea.

-What type of wood chips?

-What cooking temp is best?  Do you ever adjust during cooking?


Anything else I should know?

I agree with Case!

Just pick up a smoked ham & smoke it again.

Don't get one that is spiral sliced, they tend to dry out.

Agree with al on the spiral sliced.Did 2 hams last weekend one was spiral sliced the other i scored it on the surface. The edges of the spiral sliced were kinda dry but the other was perfection. I waited til it was 135 IT to glaze it and took the ham off at 145 IT . Also spritz the ham every 45 mins or so to really keep it from drying out. is reader supported and as an Amazon Associate, we may earn commissions from qualifying purchases.

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